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(Fort McMurray, AB – December 12, 2019) – Due to current ice conditions at the Des Rochers River, the opening of the Fort Chipewyan Winter Road on Dec. 15 is anticipated to be delayed. Opening the winter road as soon as possible remains a priority for the municipality, but the opening is dependent on weather and the progress crews make ensuring the road is safe and accessible. Currently, the ice crossings on the winter road are not safe for any vehicle passage. Crews continue to work on establishing a safe ice thickness capable of supporting light traffic 5,000 kg and lower. It is uncertain how long the opening of the winter road will be delayed. Regular testing is being done and the road will be opened as soon as it is safe for vehicle traffic. Further notice regarding the opening will be provided. Please remember that travelling on the winter road before it is open for public use is strictly prohibited and extremely dangerous. Motorists using the winter road before it is open are putting themselves and others at risk of a serious incident. This also has the potential to further delay the opening of the road. It’s expected ...

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The Fort Chipewyan Winter Road is tentatively scheduled to open Dec. 15 for the winter season. The opening of the road is dependent on weather and the progress crews make ensuring the road is safe and accessible. Please remember that travelling on the winter road before it is open for public use is strictly prohibited and extremely unsafe. Currently, the ice crossings are not rated for any vehicle traffic. Using the winter road before its open puts you and others at risk of a serious incident. It’s expected that when the Fort Chipewyan Winter Road initially opens, only light traffic 5,000 kg and lower will be permitted to use the road. Load limits will continue to be increased as construction and maintenance work on the road continues. Please follow load limits as overly heavy vehicles could damage the road causing safety hazards or delays in reaching heavier limits. Updates will be provided regularly as required. Check the following sources for the latest information: • News room - rmwb.ca/news-room.htm • Winter roads page – rmwb.ca/winterroads • Facebook - facebook.com/WoodBuffaloRuralCommunityConnection • Facebook - facebook.com/rmwoodbuffalo • Pulse – 780-743-7000 or (toll free) 1-800-973-9663 • Pulse at rmwb ...

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(Fort McMurray, AB – March 16, 2019) – Rig mats on the Fort Chipewyan winter road will begin being removed Monday, March 18 at 12:00 p.m. Motorists are notified that the Fort Chipewyan winter road is still closing for the season on Sunday, March 17 at 5:00 p.m. This means that vehicles will no longer be able to operate on the Fort Chipewyan winter road after 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Gate access will be closed and rig mats will begin being removed at 12:00 p.m. on Monday. With warmer temperatures, the ice road is melting. Motorists are asked to use caution as roads are slick with water and there is water pooling in some areas. Please drive to conditions and stay to the right-hand side of the road to allow room for oncoming traffic. Your cooperation is appreciated. Residents and industry are encouraged to make any trips on the Fort Chipewyan winter road as soon as practical, but please use extra caution. Please continue to check from the list of resources below to keep up-to-date on winter road conditions, allowances and announcements: • News room - rmwb.ca/news-room.htm • Winter roads page (register for email ...

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(Fort McMurray, AB – March 14, 2019) – Motorists are notified that the Fort Chipewyan winter road will be closing for the season on Sunday, March 17 at 5:00 p.m. This means that vehicles will no longer be able to operate on the Fort Chipewyan winter road after 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Gate access will be closed or barricaded and rig mats will be removed. With warmer temperatures, the ice road is melting. Motorists are asked to use caution as roads are slick with water and there is water pooling in some areas. Please drive to conditions and stay to the right-hand side of the road to allow room for oncoming traffic. Your cooperation is appreciated. Residents and industry are encouraged to make any trips on the Fort Chipewyan winter road as soon as practical, but please use extra caution.

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Starting at noon today, load limits will be reduced to 5,000 kg and lower during daytime hours from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. With warmer weather, load limits will be reduced to 5,000 kg and lower during daytime hours to protect the road, so it stay open later into the season. This means that vehicles heavier than 5,000 kg cannot use the Fort Chipewyan or La Loche winter roads during daytime hours of 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Your cooperation is appreciated. Residents and industry are encouraged to make any trips or transport heavier loads as soon as practical. Timelines for the road closure cannot be predicted as they are dependent on weather conditions. As temperatures rise, ice melt along the road can create very slippery conditions. Please drive with caution and stay to the right-hand side of the road to give oncoming traffic plenty of room. Motorists are also reminded to observe all posted signage for enhanced safety and to help protect the integrity of the winter road.

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All Winter Maintenance Zones are relaxed until further notice.